Roxanne Young

A musical treasure, and called the Mona Lisa of fiddle players, Roxanne is one of only 14 musicians in the world to be honoured on the renowned Berklee College of Music’s stringed instrument Hall of Fame. She has worked with Aerosmith, Disney, Cirque de Soleil, Alanis Morissette and many more. She has performed all over the world and has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall with her breathtaking musical genius.

After 14 years of touring, Roxanne took a break from the road to study with mentor, Matt Glaser and graduated from Berklee College of Music on a scholarship for Jazz Performance and Arranging for Big Band and Orchestra.

After settling in Calgary, Roxanne founded the Calgary Contemporary School of Music in 2006, in hopes of promoting musical culture in Calgary and providing instruction in alternative musical styles. “I have the opportunity to influence and encourage my students the way my teachers did for me, to provide them with performance opportunities and nurture the understanding of musicianship as a profession.”

She also dedicated 5 years to the creation and evolutionary process of the international touring sensation, Barrage, incorporating many styles, from calypso and swing to Chinese jazz-fusion. Barrage was a huge success, leading to extensive tours throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia, 4 full-length recordings, 2 MTV videos, a DVD documentary and a special on Public Television.

“My influences include Mark O’Connor, Jean Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood, Darol Anger, The Chieftains and Natalie MacMaster,” says Roxanne, “but my teachers have been the biggest influences on my playing style. Dean Marshall, Matt Glaser, Rob Thomas and Wallace Leung have been the teachers in my life that have really made a difference.”